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of texas. the law passed last year requires texas voters to produce a government issued photo i.d. and at issue is whether the law violates the federal voting rights act. states with similar laws obviously watching the outcome of this. the obama administration has vigorously challenged these laws and joining me now, victoria, a visiting scholar at the university of texas. thank you so much for joining me. >> my pleasure. >> obviously in texas we talked a lot about african-americans but in texas we're looking at the numbers regarding especially the hispanic community that many believe could be alienated and somehow disenfranchised by these laws. >> absolutely. you know, the voter i.d. law is a perfect solution looking for a problem. the fact that there is evidence of systematic vote fraud just isn't there. however, we do have hard evidence that if voter i.d. laws such as these are put into place, you'll suppress voter turnout and you'll suppress the voter turnout with minorities, the poor, elderly and the youth. here in texas, minority voters being disproportionately latino. at t
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cllend the ls d joing mnow,ctor, vising solart the university of texas. thank you so much for joining me. >> my pleasure. >> obviously in texas we talked lot abo aicanmerins t inexase're loongt thnumbsegarng espiall th hisnic cmuni tha man lievcoulbeliened a mehodisenfranchised by these laws. >> absolutely. you kn, the voter i.d. law is perct sutio loong f a probm. th ft thahere ividee sysmati vot fud jus n't ther hower, w d have hard evidence that if voter i.d. laws such as these are put into place, you'll suppressoter tuout d yoll supess the ter tuout wh minoties e poorlder a t yout re i texainoryoter beindispportnate lati. at the end of the day the cost of voterrupprsionoesn suort vot frau hey hav put eugh meares in place to be sure there wil be no voter suppression and people won't be kept from the voting booth and that's a part of their closing aumen ghti forhis w. >> y ow,he vasajory ofexan d he iver cens o germi wch you n to ve in texas or passports. what about the over million registered voters who do not have those forms o identificaon? ey s,well y canet a ee eleoral ideificion
the word obama care, the naacp annual gathering in houston, texas, he knew what he was doing that it was a calculated attempt to score points with either his conservative base, what is left of his conservative base and independent voters. what's your response to that? >> i think that if he would have tried to find another diplomatic way of saying it then the accusation would have been he would have been pandering to the audience. i think what he was trying to say i'm giving the same speech over tory audience because i'm trying to get the votes of all the american people. and for that case he's been using that term and so he used it again at the naacp speech. >> ref represented, mitt romney did receive some applause yesterday when he talked about education. and the vouch are system that he says would give parents a choice of where to send their child to school. i want to play a snippet here what the vice president said. >> education doesn't play a central role in the romney republican vision of the future of america. it's on the back burner. it's not a priority. you doubt me j
rate. you've got to do that if you want to be president. did he avoid the voter i.d. issue in texas and other states where minorities believe they are being targeted by republican legislators to keep them from voting in the november election. let me play what eric holder said yesterday where he compared it to poll taxes. let's play it. >> under is the proposed law, concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo i.d. but student i.d.s would not. many of those without i.d.s would have to travel great distances to get them. and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. we call those poll taxes. >> would governor romney a bolder move for him to have addressed something like this. >> that's an interesting point. i agreed with your previous discussion what he went in there with an eye toward an audience not black voters. he's did there to show that i'm going to confront them and take the boos. had he confronted rotor i.d., that would have been a much bolder step. the problem is republicans in general and romney specifically haven't come up
but their actions have nothing to do with decisions made by these colleges. i remember smu growing up in texas when that took place. but there are always the innocents who end up tied up in these things. >> yeah, and the other end of it is penn state football is one of only two moneymakers -- obviously men's basketball. if there were a death penalty, that's going to knock out a bunch of so-called revenue sports. they take away that revenue. there are a lot of different things to think about. clearly, everybody's hearts go out to the victims of the jerry sandusky, just horrible acts. but yeah, the repercussions are just, it's unbelievable how far they stretch. >> backing to this statue of joe paterno outside the stadium, there was at least one group that had a banner that said take it down or we will. many people find it offensive given wa came out in the freeh report. what's your take? >> my take is they should pull the victims of the jerry sandusky be crimes and see what they think. people tend to forget about this. listen, he get that that statue has become a symbol of joe paterno's legacy. let's
mentioned many of the cases. we know for the fact that affirmative action case out of the texas state universities will be coming to court this fall and a lot of those other disputes including the very, you know, hot button same-sex marriage cases are likely to end up at the court's front door and he'll have a chance to send conservative messages if that's what he wants to do. >> the past few days we've been speculating a lot about the justices and whether public opinion and polls or something they even, you know, look at. what do we know about that? i mean, is this all just media speculation? or do we honestly think that the chief justice remotely cares what people think about him or his decisions? >> i think we do think that he cares about what people think about him and his decisions. i mean, he made pretty clear in his confirmation hearings and in some interviews that he did around that time that he was concerned about the court's institutional reputation, that he wanted it to be held in high regard by americans. it's not -- that doesn't necessarily mean that in any specific case
, there's a lot going on today. here are some things we just thought you should know. texas governor rick perry says his state will not participate in two key elements of the health care reform law. governor perry wrote a letter to the federal government saying he'll reject the insurance exchanges and medicaid provision in the law. he explained his thoughts on fox news. >> the bottom line here is that medicaid is a failed program. to expand this program is not unlike adding a thousand people to the titanic. >> governor perry's move means as many as 1.3 million people who could have gained coverage under the medicaid expansion won't get it. that's according to figures from the urban institute. >>> brad pitt's mother is allegedly receiving death threats in response to a letter jane pitt recently wrote in which she openly criticized president obama. on the "today" show yesterday brad pitt's brother doug defended his mother. >> i think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world. why would our family be any different? no, there can be healthy discussion when people disagree wi
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